Brooklyn OKs tax deal for solar project

From the Norwich Bulletin

April 14, 2017

By Francesca Kefalas

BROOKLYN — The Board of Selectmen approved a resolution to accept what could be a $7 million tax deal with the Quinebaug Solar Project.

The two-page resolution outlines the payment schedule for the town over 20 years and First Selectman Rick Ives said it could bring in the town up to $7 million, depending on how much of the project ends up in Brooklyn.

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State approves solar array that will be Vermont’s largest

From Vermont Digger

March 29, 2017

By Mike Faher

State regulators have approved a massive Windsor County solar array that will be four times the size of any such project built in Vermont so far.

The Coolidge Solar project, to be built in Ludlow and Cavendish, will be capable of producing 20 megawatts of power. The largest existing array in Vermont is just under 5 megawatts, according to state officials.

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Hinsdale solar project moving ahead, slated to be largest in state

From the Keene Sentinel

January 31, 2017

By Isaac Stein

HINSDALE — The largest solar project in the state may be headed for Hinsdale.

Selectmen on Monday approved a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, for the $50 million project that’s tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

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Hinsdale, N.H., project could be largest in Granite State

From the Brattleboro Reformer

January 31, 2017

By Bob Audette

HINSDALE, N.H. — The largest solar array in the state of New Hampshire has received a nod of approval from the Hinsdale Board of Selectmen.

"After meeting with representatives of Chariot Solar, LLC ("Chariot Solar") several times regarding the proposed up-to 65 megawatt ("MW") solar electric generation project in the Town of Hinsdale (known as the "Chariot Solar Project"), the Hinsdale Board of Selectmen has voted to support the Project," wrote Wayne Gallagher, the chairman of the Hinsdale Board of Selectmen, in a letter to Pamela G. Monroe, administrator of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee.

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Ranger Solar gives Brooklyn residents answers on solar farm project

From the Norwich Bulletin

January 26, 2017

By Francesca Kefalas

BROOKLYN - Representatives from Ranger Solar reassured Brooklyn residents of the positives of its proposed 544-acre solar farm at a forum attended by about 50 people Thursday evening at Brooklyn Middle School.

Residents such as Joyce Meader came to learn about the proposed 50-megawatt solar farm that would straddle the town line with Canterbury if approved by the state. And residents came armed with questions and concerns.

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Public forum on solar project set Thursday in Brooklyn

From the Norwich Bulletin

January 22, 2017

By Francesca Kefalas

BROOKLYN - Brooklyn residents will have a chance to get answers to their questions about the proposed 50 megawatt solar array straddling the town line with Canterbury Thursday at a public forum with the developers.

Ranger Solar will be at Brooklyn Middle School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and First Selectmen Rick Ives said he will open the regular Board of Selectmen meeting with a presentation and question-and-answer session.

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Solar farms proposed for two central Maine towns

From The Portland Press Herald

January 7, 2017

By Colin Ellis

A Yarmouth-based energy company is proposing a pair of new solar projects – in Fairfield and Clinton – that could generate enough power for 6,000 out-of-state homes combined and create more than 200 jobs locally.

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Brooklyn officials get details on solar farm project

From The Norwich Bulletin

January 2, 2017

By Francesca Kefalas

BROOKLYN - The company looking to build one of New England's largest renewable energy arrays in the region reassured town leaders they aren't looking for a tax break.

Ranger Solar Senior Vice President and co-founder Paul Harris spent much of a recent meeting in executive session with members of Brooklyn's boards of selectmen and finance to hammer out financial details of a deal to build a 50 megawatt solar farm.

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Solar Could Beat Coal to Become the Cheapest Power on Earth

From Bloomberg

January 2, 2017

By Jessica Shankleman & Chris Martin

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.

In 2016, countries from Chile to the United Arab Emirates broke records with deals to generate electricity from sunshine for less than 3 cents a kilowatt-hour, half the average global cost of coal power. Now, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Mexico are planning auctions and tenders for this year, aiming to drop prices even further. Taking advantage: Companies such as Italy’s Enel SpA and Dublin’s Mainstream Renewable Power, who gained experienced in Europe and now seek new markets abroad as subsidies dry up at home.

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Solar emerges as winner in New England Clean Energy RFP

From Recharge

October 26, 2016

By Karl-Erik Stromsta

Large-scale PV trounced wind in a widely watched clean-energy tender in the northeastern US, adding to the solar sector’s momentum in US regions where onshore wind has dominated the renewables market in recent years.

Three states in New England this week concluded the project-evaluation phase of their Clean Energy Request for Proposal (RFP), selecting a half-dozen solar and wind developers backing projects totaling 460MW.

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Ranger Solar advances its 50MW solar project at Sanford airport

From MaineBiz Magazine

October 21, 2016

By James McCarthy

Sanford City Council on Tuesday approved an updated lease agreement for 390 acres of city-owned property at Sanford-Seacoast Regional Airport on which Ranger Solar of Yarmouth plans to develop a utility-scale solar project that would be one of the largest in Maine and one of only 25 similar solar projects at airports in the United States.

The Sanford project, which will be built in phases, is expected to provide up to 50 megawatts of energy and enough electricity to power up to 20,000 homes. Phase 1 is slated to begin in late 2017 at the earliest and when completed will provide between $60 million and $80 million of new taxable property. It will create approximately 94 construction jobs and up 10 full-time positions, according to Aaron Svedlow, director of environmental permitting for Ranger Solar.

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Loring Development Authority Executes Solar Lease Agreement with Ranger Solar

Ranger Solar Press Release

October 11, 2016

Limestone, ME—Ranger Solar and Loring Development Authority jointly announced the execution of a lease paving the way for the region’s largest-to-date solar project. The agreement allows Ranger Solar, a Yarmouth, Maine based solar energy development company, to lease over 600 acres of land at Loring Commerce Centre, the site of the former Loring Air Force Base, for the purpose of operating a utility-scale solar energy project. At up to 100 megawatts (MW) in size, the project will be the largest solar energy facility in the state of Maine and the New England Region.

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Largest solar power project in New England planned for former Loring air base

From the Bangor Daily News

October 11, 2016

By Anthony Brino

LIMESTONE, Maine — The Loring Development Authority and Yarmouth-based Ranger Solar are moving ahead with a lease agreement that paves the way for New England’s largest solar power project.

The LDA, which oversees the Loring Commerce Centre business park at the former Air Force Base, and the solar company announced the deal Tuesday. Under the agreement, Ranger would lease 600 acres of land at the Loring Commerce Centre for a solar panel array that could total 100 megawatts, making it the largest in Maine and New England.

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Ranger Solar Is Winning Support for 100-Acre Arrays

From Seven Days Vermont

August 31, 2016

By Katie Jickling

A Maine-based company appears to have found a formula to win local backing for often controversial solar-energy projects: careful siting, a dose of patience and a willingness to alter plans to overcome objections.

Ranger Solar's ability to earn selectboard approval is particularly noteworthy given the size of its projects. While proposals for much smaller solar installations have encountered fierce local resistance around Vermont, Ranger Solar has won outright support in three towns for arrays that average 100 acres apiece.

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This region can lead in making energy affordable, clean, by Jim Beard

From The Keene Sentinel

August 6, 2016

by Jim Beard

I have spent the past several months going door to door, talking with New Hampshire voters throughout state Senate District 8. As a Republican candidate for this seat, I have discussed my vision to bolster vocational training, lower business taxes, develop a smart energy plan and address the opioid crisis. Listening to my fellow Granite Staters, one thing is clear — a united desire to keep New Hampshire’s high standard of living intact for future generations.

In order to strike the right balance — to maintain our quality of life — I believe our state needs a real energy plan. We need to find responsible energy projects that respect our property rights, preserve our brilliant environment and also help to lower the cost of energy for our citizens and businesses. This is an area where I feel our region is uniquely positioned to serve as a model for the entire state and I can’t help but have an optimistic view of New Hampshire’s energy future based on what is occurring right here, right now in the greater Monadnock Region...

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Ranger Solar Proposes Large, Utility-Scale Solar Project in Farmington

From The Portland Press Herald

July 13, 2016

By Lauren Abbate

FARMINGTON — A Yarmouth-based energy company is in the early stages of bringing a utility-scale solar farm to Farmington that could break ground in 2018 and eclipse the size of any solar installation now operating in Maine.

Ranger Solar is conducting environmental studies on undeveloped land on Farmington Falls Road with the hopes of creating a 50- to 80-megawatt solar farm, project manager Aaron Svedlow said...

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Solar Array Development Should Be Part Of Energy Puzzle

From The Keene Sentinel

May 27, 2016


As local opponents of fracked gas and oil — and of the continued use of fossil fuels in general — applaud the demise of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project and fret about the prospect of the state allowing energy firms to charge ratepayers up-front for their construction costs, we again note the advisability of diversifying the type of energy generation in the region.

The regional power grid overseen by ISO New England now relies far too much on one type of energy: natural gas. It accounts for nearly half of the energy going into the grid. Despite this, because it’s relatively inexpensive and plentiful right now, power suppliers and those in charge of energy policy are encouraging large-scale infrastructure projects to provide more gas to the region...

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Massive Solar Array Pitched In Fitzwilliam

From The Keene Sentinel

May 23, 2016

By Meghan Foley

FITZWILLIAM — A solar array approximately 60- to 80-times more powerful than any currently in the state may be coming to hundreds of acres in Fitzwilliam.

Ranger Solar of Yarmouth, Maine, is proposing to install a 60- to 80-megawatt solar array in town that would far surpass power levels generated by existing solar power systems in New Hampshire. The company is looking to put the ground-mounted panels on land southeast of the intersection of Routes 12 and 119 between Scott Brook and the high-tension electrical lines. Representatives are also looking at a parcel to the west of Route 12 near No. 4 Road, according to a presentation the company gave at a meeting of the Fitzwilliam selectmen last month. All the land being considered is privately owned, they said, and they need 500 acres for the system...

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Council Oks lease for solar farm at airport

From Fosters

May 5, 2010

By Ellen W. Todd

SANFORD — The City Council has approved a lease agreement for a solar farm at the airport that would be the largest in the state, and one of the largest in New England, if all goes according to plan.

The agreement with Ranger Solar — doing business as Sanford Airport Solar, LLC, for the project — is for the lease of 226 acres of surplus land at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport to develop a utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) system...

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Plan For Maine’s Largest Solar Energy Farm Moves Ahead As Sanford Approves Lease

From The Portland Press Herald

May 4, 2016

By Peter McGuire

A Yarmouth-based company is moving forward with plans to build Maine’s largest solar energy farm on vacant land at Sanford’s municipal airport after winning key support from the city.

The Sanford City Council on Tuesday unanimously authorized City Manager Steven Buck to sign a lease allowing Ranger Solar to use 226 acres of city-owned airport land to build a 50-megawatt photovoltaic array. The utility-scale commercial project would generate power to be sold through the region’s electricity grid...

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Maine City Reaches Deal To Establish New England’s Largest Solar Farm

From The Bangor Daily News

May 4, 2016

By Tammy Wells

SANFORD, Maine — If all goes well, Ranger Solar will begin construction in 2018 on a 50-megawatt, utility-grade solar array designed to sell energy to the power grid.

The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Steve Buck to execute a land lease for 226 acres at Sanford Regional Airport to Ranger Solar LLC, which will do business locally as Sanford Solar LLC.

“This public-private partnership with Ranger Solar LLC is nothing short of phenomenal,” Buck told the council. He called the project a “very exciting and promising opportunity for development” at the 1,100- acre airport...

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Big Solar Projects Get Town Support

From Vermont Digger

April 10, 2016

By Mike Faher

Three proposed 20-megawatt solar projects have gained support from their host towns, but the biggest hurdle – state permitting – still lies ahead.

The Brandon Selectboard is the latest to back construction of a project proposed by Maine-based Ranger Solar LLC, passing a resolution March 28 that touts the array’s economic and renewable-energy benefits. Previously, the towns of Sheldon and Ludlow offered similar support...

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3 Selectboards Have Approved Solar Arrays That Would Be Largest In The State

From Vermont Public Radio

April 4, 2016

By Melody Bodette

The Brandon Select Board has voted to support the development of a 20-megawatt solar project in the town. The project is one of five solar arrays proposed by Ranger Solar.

The 20-megawatt arrays would be the largest built in Vermont. Adam Cohen, president of Ranger Solar, based in New York and Maine, said Brandon is the third select board to vote in favor of a large scale array...

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Brandon Selectboard Votes to Support 20-Megawatt ‘Davenport’ Solar Project

Ranger Solar Press Release

March 30, 2016

Project will generate clean, affordable energy for 5,000 homes, spur economic development and decrease regional carbon emissions

Brandon joins the towns of Ludlow and Sheldon in supporting Ranger Solar projects

Brandon, VT. – The Town of Brandon Selectboard voted Monday night to support a 20-megawatt solar project proposed by Ranger Solar.

The project, named Davenport Solar after the early 19th Century Brandon resident who invented the DC electric motor, will be located on lower Carver Street, a section of unpaved road within the Town of Brandon.

An analysis shows a similar 20-megawatt project would generate approximately 33,000-megawatt hours (MWh) of clean electricity, enough to power over 5,000 Vermont homes. The project could also create an estimated 245 job-years, $15 million in labor income and add more than $25 million to the state’s GDP over its first 20 years of operation.

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Developers Pitch Five, 240MW CT Clean Energy Projects

From The Hartford Business Journal

February 8, 2016

By Matt Pilon

Connecticut may soon source more of its clean energy from within its own borders, if newly proposed projects are successful in a unique and ongoing multi-state bidding process.

A joint procurement by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — the first of its kind for the states — garnered 24 bids from developers and companies for solar, wind, fuel cell and hydro projects, including five offering power that would be generated in Connecticut.

"This is good news for Connecticut's ratepayers and signals the very real potential for us to deliver a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future for residents and businesses of our state," said Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee, whose agency oversaw Connecticut's participation in the bidding process...

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Energy Companies Eye Enfield Land For Major Solar Installations

From The Journal Inquirer

February 10, 2016

By Howard French

ENFIELD — Two solar-energy companies are eyeing land here for major solar farms to produce clean energy for the state’s power grid.

Mayor Scott Kaupin said Tuesday, the town has been contacted by Southern Sky Renewable Energy of Boston and Ranger Solar, which is based in New York City with a major office in Maine.

Both proposals are very preliminary, Kaupin said. He added that proposals for a commercial project on farmland or other open space would have to get approval from the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission...

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Ranger Solar Projects Are Right For VT

From VT Digger

January 10, 2016

Guest Editorial from Ranger President, Adam Cohen

The sun provides a predictable energy supply without the price volatility, or emissions, of fossil fuels. The New England region has sufficient solar energy available to power more than 4 million homes. Tecological innovations have helped reduce the cost of solar energy by about 76 percent since 2006. And Vermonters believe in both clean energy and nurturing a stronger, more diverse economy. What’s more, Vermont needs more power, at an affordable price, for homes and businesses.

These are the reasons Ranger Solar has proposed to develop five 20-megawatt solar projects in Vermont...

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Ludlow Selectboard Votes Unanimously To Support 20- Megawatt Solar Project

Ranger Solar Press Release

December 23, 2015

Project will generate clean, affordable energy for 5,000 homes, spur economic development and decrease regional carbon emissions

Ludlow, VT – The Town of Ludlow Selectboard voted on Monday night to support a 20-megawatt solar project proposed by Ranger Solar. The vote was unanimous...

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Sheldon Selectboard Votes to Support 20-Megawatt Solar Project

Ranger Solar Press Release

December 16, 2015

Project will generate clean, affordable energy for 5,000 homes, spur economic development and decrease regional carbon emissions

Sheldon Springs, VT – The Town of Sheldon Selectboard has sent a letter to the Vermont Public Service Board expressing their unanimous support for a 20- megawatt solar project proposed by Ranger Solar...

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Ranger Solar Touts Economic Benefit Of Ludlow Project

From the Rutland Herald

December 1, 2015

By Susan Smallheer

LUDLOW — The developer of a proposed 20-megawatt solar facility in Ludlow said Monday the project would deliver lower-cost low-emission solar power to the entire state, as well as more local economic benefits in jobs and taxes.

Adam Cohen, of Ranger Solar, said a study by Synapse Energy Economics Inc. would be the economic bedrock for Ranger Solar’s application to the Public Service Board next month for a state permit to build the solar facility in Ludlow. Ranger Solar is calling its facility the Coolidge Solar Project, named in part for the Coolidge electric substation in Cavendish, owned by Vermont Electric Co. [...]

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Analysis Details Economic, Environmental Benefits of Ludlow Solar Project

Ranger Solar Press Release on Economic and Environmental Benefits Report for Coolidge Solar Project

November 30, 2015

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Economic Benefits of the Proposed Coolidge Solar I Solar Project

Report released by Synapse Energy Economics on the Benefits of the Proposed 20 MW Coolidge I Solar Project

November 9, 2015

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Winslow Ordinance Paves Way For Massive Solar Project

From the Kennebec Journal

October 14, 2015

By Peter McGuire

WINSLOW — Town councilors unanimously have approved regulations on utility-scale solar-electric projects, paving the way for possible construction of a huge commercial solar array in town.

In short order and with little discussion, councilors on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to regulate large-scale principal solar energy systems and three amendments to existing ordinances to cover rules for noise and decommissioning solar arrays and in what development zones commercial projects would be allowed...

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